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Friday, February 7, 2014

Ralph Kiner Ends His Gig On Earth

Ralph Kiner entered the major leagues the year I was born, and had a 10 year career. I recognize his name, but have no recollection of him as a player. He led the NL in HR's the first 7 of those years, and was one of the truly great players of all time.

He went on to a much longer career in broadcasting, and is probably better known and loved for that phase of his life

He passed yesterday at the age of 91.

RIP Ralph.

You were one of a kind.


Kiner dated both Liz Taylor and Janet Leigh.  Here is the story of when he met Leigh's daughter Jamie Lee Curtis.

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